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The Catholic Foundation was established in 1955 by a group of visionary Catholic business and professional leaders in the midst of a period of remarkable growth and prosperity in the Dallas area to ensure that the physical and spiritual needs of those in the community who were less fortunate would never be overlooked.

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The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Three New Trustees To Board

L to R: Pratt, Bangs, Thompson, Howard, Kramer

Fred Bangs, Mark N. Howard and Dr. Mayra Thompson have been elected to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees under the leadership of Board Chair Aileen Pratt, who is serving her second year of a two-year term. The new trustees will serve two, three-year terms ending in 2027.

“We welcome Fred, Mark and Mayra to The Catholic Foundation Board of Trustees. Our board continues to grow in diversity and expertise, and we are thankful for the valuable time and effort our trustees give to The Catholic Foundation. Their strategic leadership will continue to propel the Foundation’s legacy of successfully serving donors and the Catholic community,” said Matt Kramer, president and CEO of The Catholic Foundation.

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Lydia and Dan Novakov Named 2022 Catholic Foundation Award Honoree


Lifetime Catholic philanthropists, supporters of charitable organizations to be honored next February

Lydia and Dan Novakov, long-time Dallas philanthropists with a passion for giving people a chance in life while dedicating their time, talent and treasure to serving others in areas including healthcare, Catholic education, children’s charities, the Catholic community as a whole including preservation of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe downtown, have been named the 39th Catholic Foundation Award honorees.

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July 5, 2022

Nov. 10 Professional Advisors Series to Feature Northern Trust Chief Tax Strategist Paul S. Lee

Our 16th annual Advisors Series for Estate and Wealth Management Professionals on Nov. 10 will feature Paul S. Lee, J.D., LL.M, who will present "Top Planning Ideas Today: COVID, Congress, Charity."
July 3, 2022

67 Things to know about The Catholic Foundation

When you're a 67 year old community foundation, you do a lot of things that people don't know about. Learn more about us by reading our 67 Things fact, in English and Spanish.
May 26, 2022

Calling All Texas Artists to Compete For $2,500 & Downtown Dallas Display of Art for a Year!

The 17th annual Art on the Plaza competition is underway and all Texas artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit one original work of art to be considered for the first prize of $2,500 and opportunity to have your art displayed in the hear of the downtown Dallas Arts District for one year.

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The vision of The Catholic Foundation is to be the primary philanthropic leader whose trusted stewardship satisfies our donors' intentions while meeting the needs of our Catholic community.